ADCC 2017 World Championship Update: Who's In, Who's Out

Hywel Teague FelipePena3-ADCC_photobyHywelTeague.JPG

The team organizing the upcoming ADCC World Championships, scheduled for September 23-24 in Espoo, Finland, has released the latest round of invited athletes.

​IN: AJ Agazarm, Gabriel Arges, Alexandre Ribeiro, Felipe Pena, Jared Dopp

​OUT: Sulimanov Mokhmad (1st Asian Trial winner) is OUT

​AJ Agazarm is an ADCC veteran who fought through to the final of the West Coast trials earlier this year, losing to overall winner Vagner Rocha. Agazarm will compete at -66kg

​Gabriel Arges is a Gracie Barra black belt who will make his ADCC debut in this tournament. A IBJJF World champion in 2017 and a two-time World Pro champion (2016 and 2017), Arges won No-Gi Worlds as a brown belt, but this is the biggest no-gi tournament of his young career so far. Arges will compete at -77kg

​Xande Ribeiro is an ADCC mainstay, having debuted for the organization back in 2003. He has competed in every ADCC World Championships since then, except for the 2013 tournament in China, making him a six-time ADCC vet and two-time ADCC champion (2007 and 2009). Ribeiro will compete at -88kg. 

​Felipe Pena placed second in the -99kg division in 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, going head-to-head with Rodolfo Vieira in a 40-minute war. He will return to the -99kg category. 

​Jared Dopp is another 2015 silver medalist, and he will return to the +99kg division. This will be the Rafael Lovato Jr. student's third time competing at the ADCC Worlds, having placed third in 2013 and second in 2015. 

​Sulimanov Mokhmad of Kazakhstan qualified by winning the 1st Asian Trials at +99kg but has withdrawn from the competition. 

​Click here for a full list of names confirmed for ADCC 2017 World Championships 

Garry Tonon Thinking March 2018 Makes Sense For MMA Debut

Garrybychase.jpg

Grappling superstar Garry Tonon is staying busy. After a log and grueling training camp for the ADCC World Championships he turned around and went directly into camp with Georges St. Pierre to prepare for his UFC 216 title match. And since then Tonon has been cramming every bit of MMA knowledge he can find to prepare for his 2018 MMA debut.

Weekend Recap: Erberth Santos Opens Own Gym In Sao Paulo

erberth gym.jpg

A top black belt opens his own gym, Eddie Bravo has plans to develop his combat jiu-jitsu, and more are featured in our essential weekend recap from the grappling world.

Ricardo De La Riva Promoted To Seventh Degree Red & Black Belt

Chase Smith / FloGrappling Certificate photo.jpg

Jiu-jitsu innovator Ricardo de la Riva was promoted to seventh-degree red and black belt on Sunday in an emotional ceremony that was attended by luminaries from the world of jiu-jitsu and MMA.

Keenan Continues Win Streak, TLI Take Team Trophy In NYC

Michael Sears NY BJJ Pro keenan.jpg

By Michael Sears | The 2017 IBJJF New York BJJ Pro provided plenty of action in big-time matchups and upsets, and showcased some of the young talent on the East Coast. 

Renato Canuto In For KASAI Pro Lightweight Championship

renaro canuto no gi.jpg

KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) has filled the final spot in its 155lb World Lightweight Championship tournament at KASAI Pro with the signing of highly touted jiu-jitsu prospect Renato Canuto, announced earlier today.

Titles Are Earned In Action-Packed Fight To Win 55

Mike Calimbas 23732509_10104506712698796_901988154_o.jpg

The Fight To Win promotion returned to Denver tonight for its 55th submission-only event. The card was full of action and included four title matches that gave the Colorado crowd exactly what they came for. 

Weekly Viewing Guide: 11/13-19

Mike Calimbas Jaidyn Mueller.jpg

From the NCAA Cross Country Championships to NCAA basketball this weekend has a live event for every die-hard sports fan. Headlining the FloSports Weekly Viewing Guide is the 2017 NCAA Division I, II and III Cross Country Championships on FloTrack. If you have Apple TV 4 or Roku, watch these live events and more from the convenience of your home. Keep scrolling to see what else is happening across the FloSports Network.

FloGrappling Weekly Roll-Up: 11/13-17

Mike Calimbas DJ Jackson F2Wpro54 3.jpg

With a highlight video from ADCC 2017, epic events in Brazil, and MMA news, this week saw its fair share of diverse jiu-jitsu content. Here's what you may have missed. 

Five Grappling Standouts You Must Watch At Fight To Win Pro 55

Mike Calimbas f2w Alvin Robinson.jpg

By Averi Clements | Fight to Win Pro 55 brings the promotion back home to Denver on Friday, Nov. 17, for the show that features a wide variety of talented and accomplished competitors.

Official Submission Underground 6 Lineup Released

588f779186a4c.jpg

Chael Sonnen is bringing some serious heat to the table with the sixth edition of Submission Underground on Dec. 3 in Portland, OR!